I chose this book based on the number of stars and the publisher's description. The thing that was frustrating is that it doesn't say that it is a te..Show More »en romance anywhere. I had a hard time getting into it knowing that it was about people ranging from 17-20. Kind of hard to take seriously for someone in their early thirties.
That said - it was well written and had great character development... I am sure that it would be very enjoyable for a younger audience.
Alright, here goes... I LOVED THIS BOOK. I don't care who knows it. I will shout it from every rooftop, every day, for the rest of my life. Okay that ..Show More »was an exaggeration, but this book is that good. Is it literary genius? No. Is it more fun then Disney World drunk? YES!
I don't believe I have ever loved one character so much while utterly loathing another. I seriously considered fictional murder. There were times I wanted to through my phone across the room but the end makes up for every hard feeling. It was perfect.
I felt like I was reading the diary of a whiny teenager. “I want him to kiss me, I mustn’t let him.” After he kisses her she refuses to let a repeat..Show More » happen. She accepts a date and then says to herself “What have I done?” After they fall for each other she breaks up with him because she fears she’ll be hurt in the future. She fears it won’t last. This is how most of the book felt to me. This is New Adult. A lot of readers like this kind of thing. It’s mostly emotional angst. I want plot, or more interesting characters. During the last half, I wanted it to be over. It felt too long.
The characters are typical normal sounding 18 and 19 year olds. Dori is into social work and doing good. I pictured Reid similar to a young Brad Pitt movie star. He is into partying, drinking, drunk driving, and lots of sex. Then he falls for good girl Dori and changes. This can be a good story if there’s emotion and passion building up and I’m really pulled in. But here I was not connected. I felt like I was reading someone’s diary and losing interest.
There is a happy ending, therefore it’s romance. The story of this couple continues in the sequel “Here Without You,” but I was not interested in continuing. I did enjoy the book “Easy” by this author.
The narrator Kate Rudd was good. Todd Haberkorn was ok as Reid, but somehow it was not sexy for me. And he had a weird sound when he read female lines.
Genre: new adult contemporary romance, young adult contemporary romance
The dialogue and the narrators. I've had the book on my kindle for weeks and have been reading it in my spare time. I finally got the audio book and..Show More » couldn't stop listening. The way Kate would put a slight southern accent in her voice and by it you knew Brooke was upset is so impressive.